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For an architecture course, we have been told to install this software called WinDLX. I downloaded the zip file and when I run it, I get an error saying This app can't run on your PC.

This app can't run on your PC

I tried Compatibility Mode with Windows 7 and Windows XP SP3 but none of them work. I read the manual and it said You will need Windows 3.0 or higher for this simulation. Does this mean that this is a 16-bit program and hence won't run on my 64-bit Windows 8 Pro box?

So, I want to know if there is a way to make this run on my machine or is there a newer, alternative software which does the same job as WinDLX?

UPDATE: Taking magicandre1981's suggestion, I installed DOSBox and then I ran the following commands. Ultimately, I get the error saying, This program must be run under Microsoft Windows. Any ideas?

This program must be run under Microsoft Windows

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read my additional information. If this is a 16Bit Windows tool, setup a VM with a 32Bit Windows which can run 16Bit tools. –  magicandre1981 Aug 23 '13 at 4:19
    
Alright, I'll do that. Btw, do you know of any alternative software which does the same thing as this? –  pratnala Aug 23 '13 at 4:20
    
I have no idea what this tool is doing, so I can't tell you alternatives. –  magicandre1981 Aug 23 '13 at 4:21
    
some possible alternatives at the bottom of the wiki page, namely: dlxSimulator - you may have to compile source to make it work in windows. openDLX - looks to be written in java. There's also an 'Escape DLX simulator' but I got 502 Bad Gateway –  mcalex Aug 23 '13 at 5:21

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Does this mean that this is a 16-bit program and hence won't run on my 64-bit Windows 8 Pro box?

this is correct. 64Bit Windows can't run 16 Bit programs. you must use the 3rd party tool DOSBox. This is because of a limitation with 64Bit CPUs. Here is a guide how to use Turbo C++ under DOSBox. This should help you to get your tool running.

I can also be a 16Bit Win3.x software. In this case you need a 32Bit Windows (Windows 95) in Virtual Machine. You can use Hyper-V which is included in Windows 8 Pro to create a virtual Machine.

André

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This is indeed a 16-bit software eh? –  pratnala Aug 23 '13 at 4:09
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yes, this is a 16Bit Application from 1992. –  magicandre1981 Aug 23 '13 at 4:10
    
Still doesn't work. Installed DOSBox. Followed the instructions on that site. When I run WinDLX, it says This program must be run under Microsoft Windows. I will update my question with screenshots. –  pratnala Aug 23 '13 at 4:14
    
I've added new information. It can also be a 16Bit Windows application. You need a 32Bit VM to run it. –  magicandre1981 Aug 23 '13 at 4:16
    
Will it run in Windows 7 32 bit? From where do I get Windows 95 now lol? And yeah, I edited the question. –  pratnala Aug 23 '13 at 4:19

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